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date: 22 September 2019

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This chapter discusses human figurines from later Iranian prehistory and pays special attention to the figurines from the sites of Tepe Sarab, Zaghe, Hajji Firuz, and Choga Mish. It also presents an overview of human figurines produced at other Iranian sites. Drawing on the analyses of the figurines’ morphologies, materials used, production processes, contexts of disposition, breakage patterns, bodily details, and representation of attire, these figurine industries from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods of Iran have the potential to enlighten us about communal and private matters, bodily concerns through the life cycle, and issues related to identity constructions via dress, posture, and corporeality.

Keywords: human figurines, Iran, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Tepe Sarab, Zaghe, Hajji Firuz, Choga Mish, bodily concerns, identity constructions

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